FOI Oklahoma names new executive director for first time in two decades
Andy Moore, 37, is the founder of Let’s Fix This, a nonprofit organization that seeks to educate and spur Oklahomans to become more engaged and involved in government. He also is the Ryan White Program coordinator and oversees the Infectious Diseases Institute for the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Moore was unanimously approved as FOI Oklahoma’s next executive director at a meeting last Saturday. He is succeeding Kay Bickham, who recently announced her retirement after serving as FOI Oklahoma’s first executive director for 20 years.
A search committee had been searching for a new executive director since Bickham announced her retirement earlier this year. Finalists included candidates from northeast and central Oklahoma.
“Moore is an enthusiastic supporter of the public's right to access government, and has a long track record of tireless work toward increasing everyday Oklahomans' participation in civic life," said FOI-OK President Joe Wertz. “We're excited by his plans to expand our commitment to promote, preserve and protect open government in Oklahoma — a mission that's more critical than ever."
Moore said that his goals include creating new ways for Oklahomans to connect with FOI Oklahoma. The statewide organization, founded in 1990, has a mission that includes defending Oklahomans’ First Amendment rights and access to open records and public meetings of government officials.
“Oklahomans have a right to know what’s going on inside their government, and FOI Oklahoma is here to help guarantee that right,” he said. “I’m thrilled to join FOI Oklahoma. It’s a tremendous organization that is committed to educating Oklahomans about open records and actively promoting government transparency.”
Moore most recently completed his master’s in business administration from the University of Oklahoma. He also has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southern Nazarene University. A licensed counselor, Moore was honored in 2017 as the public citizen of the year by the National Association of Social Workers.
He lives with his wife, Katy, and has two children, Hudson, 8, and Elsie, 4.